Tuesday, June 10 thousands of gallons of sewage spilled into the Mississippi Sound.
According to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), construction work by the City of Gulfport caused a massive amount of sewage to spill into the Gulf.
According to News 25’s partner, the Sun Herald, an estimated 56,000 gallons of sewage was spilled. The spill has since been contained and sewage is being rerouted to other sewer lines.
As a result of the sewage spill, MDEQ issued a closure of a portion of the beach in Gulfport from near Hewes Avenue to Court House Road. The closed area of the beach had already been under an advisory due to high levels of bacteria in the water. MDEQ is advising the public not to swim or fish in the polluted areas.
MDEQ says they will continue to monitor the water until the bacteria levels are safe. But as of June 10, they are unsure of how long it will be for the water to be safe.